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Second snowmobiler killed in an avalanche in southern Interior within past week

Image Credit: John Schut
March 14, 2016 - 9:33 AM

CHASE, B.C. - An avalanche has taken the life of another snowmobiler in the southern Interior, the region's second such incident within the past week.

Rescue crews recovered the body of a man trapped in a snow slide near Crowfoot Mountain, about 90 kilometres northeast of Kamloops.

A spokesperson for the coroners' service says the man was part of a group of three snowmobilers.

Shuswap Search and Rescue manager John Schut says three avalanche technicians were deployed to the site after crews were notified around 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

No one else was injured in the slide.

Last Tuesday, the body of a 34-year-old man was found in an avalanche zone near Sicamous after crews picked up a signal from his personal-location device.

He had left two days earlier on a solo backcountry trip and was known to go sledding for multiple days at a time.

"I would caution people that avalanche conditions are quite dangerous around here right now," Schut says. "People need to be wary of that."

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